Food has long been a defining aspect of culture for people in countries around the world. But in most places today, people have access to foods from everywhere. As Canada Research Chair in Food and Culture, Dr. Daniel Bender is working to improve our understanding of the connections between food, culture and society in our global world.
Bender and his research team are examining how food and mobility intersect-that is, the circulation of commodities and foodstuffs, cuisines and peoples. In particular, they are focusing on how the emergence of tourism in the 19th and 20th centuries opened up new culinary encounters. Ultimately, their aim is to develop unique public programming, student training initiatives and community-engaged research on urban culinary infrastructure and food resiliency.